Tuesday, November 15, 2016

NMSU-A Class of 101 Theater Create Costumes for Contest

October 31, 2016

Students of New Mexico State University-Alamogordo in Theater 101 Class really put their creative juices to use to make Halloween costumes. Prizes of $50, $35 and $25 for first, second and third places were awarded. This was the first Annual Costume Contest and there are plans for continuing it each year.

Judges were Carolyn Dittmer, Geowie Mosqueda and Carla Kerr.

There were a total of sixteen entrants and the judging wasn't easy by any means. They were required to either turn in a synopsis of a play they are writing or pick a well known play and create and construct the costume to reflect that play. Costumes were, for the most part, done from scratch.

 Rosa Garcia, "The Walking Dead" and she was scary

Director Connie Breding, interviewing Alyssa Linville who is Mrs. Lovett of "Sweeny Todd" fame
L to R: Connie, Deborah Cobb as the Queen Bee in "Tribulation", Jackie as Sandra in "Little Rock High School", Kim Carona as grapes in "The Purple Farm"
L to R: Gavin Locke as "Phantom of the Opera" - he had removed his half mask, Alyssa Linville, Rosa Garcia and Tori Christians as the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland
L to R: Austin as Rover, a tree man in "Lost in the Forest", My as My Sumo in "Searching for a House", Mary Cobb as Franknlizzie  in "Saving the World One Monster at a Time", Marissa Larson as Nurse Kelley in "The Zombie Infection Gone Wrong", Stoeshia Gentry as the crazy ex-wife of the Scarecrow in "The Scarecrow of Oz".
L to R: Rosa, Tori, Alyssa Martinez as Lulu in "Some Friends Aren't so Imaginary", Kennedie Maribad as the Zombie Barista in "The Coffee Apocalypse" and Sandra as Octusa in "The Legend of Octusa"
L to R: Winners are Austin 3rd place (his costume was actually made from tree bark), Deborah Cobb 1st place and Rosa Garcia took 2nd place (the teeth created in that mask were actually acrylic fingernails).
As you may have surmised, some of the plays were originals by the students and others are easily recognized. It was a great experience for everyone and next year should be even better. Congratulations to all the students in the contest as well as the winners. Everyone did a great job.

This is all I have to say for now.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Alamogordo Democrats Hold Public Land Rally

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Members of the Alamogordo, New Mexico, local Democrats held a Public Land Rally at the corner of 10th and White Sands Boulevard on Sunday, October 30, 2016 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. They were energized by the horns honked and people with "thumbs up" as they drove by.

Only one negative incident when a man in a large red pick-up truck drove by; turned and drove around the block and when he got to the corner again, revved his engine and blew horrible black smoke all over a couple of our people standing there with signs. This was just mean and tells a lot about that person!

Thanks to Chris Jones for spearheading this gathering. There were only nine people attending and carrying signs, but it only takes one person to make a difference in this world.

Helen Harding is always so enthusiastic
Chris Jones
Jeff Swanson
Nadia Sikes and Linda Barker
Henrietta Stockel
Carla Kerr (Thanks to Henrietta for taking this shot.)
Paul Duran and Joan Price were also present helping out, but I failed to get a picture of either of them. It was a good two hours and well worth our time and efforts to make people aware of how important it is to stand up for and protect our public lands.

This is all I have to say for now.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Red Hatters Attend Flickinger Guild Turquoise and Silver Tea

October 16, 2016 at 2:00 PM

A group of Red Hatters, members of the New Mexico Roadrunner Chapter, attended the Flickinger Guild Turquoise and Silver Tea which had a theme this year of "Denim and Diamonds". This is always such a FUN and entertaining event looked forward to every year.

A number of area businesses provided clothing, hats, jewelry, shoes and boots, etc. to models for the style show. It is truly amazing what all is available right here in our own backyard. SKY and Ed Dittmer provided background music as people came in and got seated. Welcome and introductions were provided by Sarina Turnbull-Paul and James White.

Entertainment was abundant beginning with belly dancing by Anala Nahada and Claudia Powell. Singer and instrumentalist Rudy Wood was next with a good round of western music. The Academy of Ballet & Las Cruces School of Dance featured Casen Collins, Mariah Hernandez and Daniel Lindsay in a short, but lovely ballet. Marley Ham sang a solo. There was also a duet from "Spamalot" featuring Lee Austin and Jenny McNiven.

Refreshments of hot tea, tea sandwiches, fruit and tea cakes were prepared by Mountain View Catering, GCRMC and served by AHS Jr. ROTC cadets. They did such an excellent job and there was plenty to eat and drink for all.

Fashions with Susie Hall featured fashions and accessories from Bealls, Dollar Boots & Jeans, GCRMC Auxiliary Gift Shop, Instant Karma, JC Penny's, Sam's Silver Lining, Rue 21 and Seasons at The Lodge.

While all of this was happening, there was also a huge silent auction set up with everything one could imagine to bid on. In the meantime, Sarina and James kept the airwaves busy with calling door prize numbers of which several Red Hatters were winners of prizes.

L to R: Margie, Darla and Gail
Carmen and Flo
Dorothy E.
A couple of the models doing their thing
L to R: Trudy, Donna and guest, Bobbie
L to R: Margee, Darla and Gail concentrating on their door prize tickets
Model, posing while Susie Hall describes her ensemble
Susie gets a little help from Tony Calderon from JC Penny's
More models. That's Victoria on the right in a hurry
Monica Helm modeling a lovely ensemble
Susie and Tony conversing about the clothing from JC Penny's
Jenny McNiven and Lee Austin singing a duet from "Spamalot"
Another shot of Lee and Jenny
New member, Bobbie Tanner with Queen Ladybird aka Carla Kerr
As always, it was truly an elegant affair and we are very pleased to welcome a new Red Hatter to the New Mexico Roadrunner Chapter, Bobbie Tanner.

Thanks to Gail Swineford for shooting the last picture.

This is all I have to say for now.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Relatives Visit from San Diego, California

October 2, 2016

Our granddaughter, Tiffany Peterson, and her mother, Kelley Cromwell came by for breakfast and a driving break with our precious great grandchildren, Dakoda (almost 4) and Brooke (3 years old).

We had a lovely visit while they ate pumpkin pancakes, bacon and scrambled eggs. I had some items left over from my International Red Hat Convention in San Antonio, Texas last month which I had saved to give to the children. They each got a stick horse, red cowboy hats and other items I had put together for them to play dress-up.

L to R: Dakoda, Tiffany, Grammy Carla, Brooke and Mimi Kelley enjoying breakfast
Brooke, Kelley and Tiffany
I appear to be spinning some kind of yarn to Kelley and Tiffany
Apparently, Dakoda likes his new hat
Brooke continues to eat. She can put it away!
Dakoda with his new stick horse named "Lady Glitter"
Looks like Brooke has finally eaten all she possibly can!
Dakoda is a'ridin'
Brooke wonders why her horse doesn't whinny like Dakoda's does when she pinches her ear
They are enjoying this ride
Kelley watching the kids ride
Brooke, waving to the camera
L to R: Tiffany, Brooke, Carla, Dakoda and Kelley. Four generations represented here!
It was a delightful visit and we hated to see them continue on their journey to Springtown, Texas, but Pops was waiting there for their arrival. Maybe we will be lucky enough to see them again when they do the return drive to San Diego.

Thanks to Douglas A. Kerr, Photography for taking all the pictures and, as usual, we forgot to take one of him (also known as Papa Doug).

This is all I have to say for now.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Red Hatters Shop and Dine in Cloudcroft, New Mexico

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Members of the New Mexico Roadrunner Chapter in Alamogordo, New Mexico drove up the mountain to Cloudcroft to engage in our Red Hat Society official sport of shopping. We then went to The Lodge for lunch and to celebrate member Darla Shelley's birthday.

The next stop was at the lovely home of Alice and Evans in High Rolls for drinks and dessert to celebrate their one-year wedding anniversary. Many friends and neighbors were in attendance when we arrived. We had a grand time getting acquainted with everyone and enjoying the delicious array of desserts prepared by Alice and her neighbors.

While shopping in Cloudcroft, I purchased a new winter hat for my husband, Doug, and he was quite pleased with it, but it was too large. We went back to Cloudcroft the next day to exchange the hat and went to Big Daddy's Diner for their yummy posole and catfish. So, this turned out to be a Cloudcroft weekend for me.

L to R: Flo, Trudy and VQ Donna
Flo and Trudy
Magaret and Alice
Trudy and VQ Donna
Alice and Q/A Carla
Our birthday girl, Darla
Nita, Gail and Trudy at the anniversary party
Evans, our host, and a friend
Linda and Trudy
Birthday girl, Darla, with her new Red Hat

Another shot of Darla
The lovebirds, Alice and Evans
I forgot my camera this day so I took the shots at lunch with my cellphone. Alice took most of the shots at their home and someone else took the last shot of Alice and Evans. Anyway, we managed to get it covered.

It was FUN for everyone and so nice to see the happy couple doing so well. They were featured in my play The Colors of Living Life and are such great hosts and FUN people.

This is all I have to say for now.